Friday, December 18, 2015

Set Your Table With Flair--Opulent Christmas Outdoors

Hello, friends!  Thank you so, so much for taking time out of this most busy season to spend a few moments!  We are so close to Christmas, and I am putting together the final preparations....I am rushing about to make little bags for each of my kiddos classes.  This year, little monster trucks and Barbie dolls along with small treats like candy canes and snowmen for each boy and girl in my kindergartener's class....scented body wash and hand santizers with flavored lip balm and mini Star Wars ships and Halo figures for my older daughter.  Sweet little somethings for their teachers and Boy Scout leaders....this is a tradition I've carried for years and years, since my eldest was 8 (14 years almost!).

I love, love, love the season of giving!  It's hard to believe my older daughter will soon be in middle school, and my last little hobbit will soon leave the nest daily for a full-time school day.  It can be bittersweet.

I am also putting together my tablescape for this year's Christmas.  As I flit about with Christmas tunes playing, inspiration hit me.  Angels We Have Heard on High and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing are two songs I remember all the way from my childhood.  This year's tablescape will reflect a bit of the true meaning of Christmas, because to me, it is so much more than a season of giving.  It is a season for remembering the greatest gift of all.

There is something wonderful about the crisp winter air as I work my table!  A brilliant white damask, a very full garland woven down the table, candles, and a golden lyre.

A bit of symbolism is found in a lyre centerpiece.

Premade chargers were placed next.

Adding vibrant red roses and chrysanthemums to the centerpiece, fluff, fluff....fluff.

And more flowers down the length of the table.

Clear plates were added to showcase the pattern on the chargers; I didn't want to cover them up too much...and gold flatware for a bit of pretty.

A little bit of joy, 

white saucers, and vibrant red napkins held by gold crowns indicative of His kingdom.

A couple of candles in tall golden pillars complete the tablescape.

A few more shots:

From my collection:

White damask tablecloth, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods
Flatware, Wallace Silversmiths Grand Duchess Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
White saucers, Ralph Lauren Whipstitch Collection
Red napkins, generic, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods
Gold-imprinted stemware, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods
Golden jeweled crowns, Tai Pan Trading
Garlands, Hobby Lobby
Large gold pillars, Ross
Golden lyre, candlesticks, and angels, all, thrifted
Damask chargers, Yours truly

If you would like to view the tutorial to make your own chargers, you may view the tutorial on my blog The Crafting Table here.

Until next we meet, Holiday Blessings.....

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  1. Just stunning PP. Please come and share at Five Star Frou-Frou? Mimi xxx

  2. So pretty!
    Merry Christmas and thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

    1. Thank you, Cindy for hosting, Merry Christmas and Best wishes for the New Year!

  3. Those are lovely chargers. I don't blame you for not wanting to cover them up!

  4. I wouldn't want to cover up the chargers either and are so pretty. Lovely tablescape! Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas and praise to our Lord.

  5. A very attractive tablescape! I like your use of red with the gold and white. The lyre is a nice touch too. Thanks for sharing with us and Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!


  6. Thanks so much for stopping by!! What a lovely festive table!! Merry Christmas

  7. How absolutely breathtaking! I like the symbolic elements you have added in. Beautiful!

  8. Very elegant! How nice to have a beautiful alfresco setting. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    1. Thank you, Sarah! Have a very Merry Christmas, best wishes for the New Year!

  9. What an glorious table! Any guest would feel like royalty. Happy holidays.

  10. Lovely! The table is gorgeous, as always, and the angel theme is superb. What a good mom you are preparing such sweet goody bags!

    1. Awww, thank you so much, Bev! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  11. How beautiful! I love the napkins crowns! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  12. Everything is so beautiful and festive...♥ the chargers.
    Merry Christmas!

  13. Gorgeous and so elegant! I love your crown napkin rings. Merry Christmas!...Christine

    1. Thank you for the sweet compliment, Christine, and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  14. Gorgeous, gorgeous tablescape! I think the crowns with the napkins are my favorite detail I have seen on anyone's blog this whole season.

  15. Hi,
    Oh your outdoor table does have such flair! Love all of the rich gold decorations with burgandy/red ~ very elegant! Everything looks so very festive and you have a skill for decorating! Have a wonderful New Year! Blessings, Karen.

  16. Absolutely beautiful table! Pinned and Facebooked :) Thanks so much for sharing it with us all at Vintage Charm--